Cubicle Quaaludes

13 Nov 2007

So I don’t do Facebook. And I quit Friendster. No MySpace for MHB, my LinkedIn is dusty and I aint the only one. They were cubicle quaaludes, never truly bolstered any business, friendships or romance. That said, I read about SNS habits and marketshare like an old man follows the ponies. To date, the thoroughbred of articles is this brilliant and controversial paper by Danah Boyd about the class divisions that are taking hold in Facebook vs. MySpace.

Boyd traces the roots of the division to the fact that:

Facebook launched in 2004 as a Harvard-only site. It slowly expanded to welcome people with .edu accounts from a variety of different universities. In mid-2005, Facebook opened its doors to high school students, but it wasn’t that easy to get an account because you needed to be invited. As a result, those who were in college tended to invite those high school students that they liked. Facebook was strongly framed as the “cool” thing that college students did. So, if you want to go to college (and particularly a top college), you wanted to get on Facebook badly. Even before high school networks were possible, the moment seniors were accepted to a college, they started hounding the college sysadmins for their .edu account. The message was clear: college was about Facebook.

Read it, hell print it out. It’s quite something.

shout out to fellow travelers who are deaccessioning.


  1. 4 Dec 2007 Shahzad

    Sweet link, I actually sent this to my mom. She keeps hearing about the networks in the media or through other moms, but it’s hard to explain the differences in audiences (at least the ones I perceive) without more serious sources.